April 2014 Industry Update

FWBC courts wrap-up

A number of matters have been brought before the courts since the last Industry Update.

                   

Court places CFMEU exclusion zone around Bald Hills Wind Farm site

  • The Federal Court banned the CFMEU from placing or leaving vehicles or any other equipment within 200 metres of any entrance to the Bald Hills Wind Farm construction site in South East Victoria.
  • FWBC sought an urgent court hearing after problems at the $400 million site flared up on Tuesday 15 April 2014.
  • It is alleged that all entrances to the site were blocked and that work was disrupted.
  • Read more about the case here.

 

CFMEU in court after allegedly encouraging work stoppages

  • It is alleged the CFMEU encouraged work stoppages at a Brisbane construction site because head contractor Hindmarsh Construction Australia Pty Ltd refused to have the CFMEU’s Zoran Bogdamovic on site as a full-time delegate.
  • A CFMEU official allegedly told a Hindmarsh senior manager he had “committed the ultimate sin in sacking a delegate”.
  • Workers gathered outside the site and were allegedly chanting “Hindmarsh, stick it up your ar*e”
  • Read more about the case here.

 

Court extends injunction to 31 workers in Brisbane

  • The court added 31 workers to the injunction mentioned above which already prevented the CFMEU and three of its officials from disrupting work at a Brisbane building site.
  • FWBC sought an urgent court hearing after work continued to be disrupted at the Brooklyn on Brookes apartment building project in Fortitude Valley.
  • It is alleged some members of a picket line outside the site said words to the effect: “Who is going to protect you when you leave the site after you finish work” to workers trying to access the site.
  • Read more about the case here.

Return to newsletters